Definition of hypothetical in English:

hypothetical

Line breaks: hypo|thet¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪpəˈθɛtɪk(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1Based on or serving as a hypothesis: let us take a hypothetical case
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    • Estimates that do exist are based on hypothetical projections from local investigations with questionable validity.
    • The identification of risk starts with considering hypothetical scenarios based on past experience, i.e., the ‘what if’ approach.
    • The analysis was based on a hypothetical cohort of 60-year-old medical patients being treated for acute respiratory failure.
  • 1.1Supposed but not necessarily real or true: the hypothetical tenth planet
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    • Of course, it is a mistake to suppose that a hypothetical future state of perfect toleration means toleration in or of the present: far from it.
    • There is no light coming from the casements in the lower part of this hypothetical window - supposing the design to be similar to the other windows.
    • And that's assuming some hypothetical ideal of day care.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2 Logic Denoting or containing a proposition of the logical form if p then q.
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    • What of hypothetical propositions like if it is raining now, then either it is raining or it is snowing?
    • For some time, legal scholars invoked the dilemma of the ‘equal opportunity harasser’ as a hypothetical paradox.
    • They compared the difficulties of concrete versus abstract and factual versus hypothetical contexts for word problems.

noun

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  • A hypothetical proposition or statement: officials refuse to discuss military policy except in coy hypotheticals
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    • The majority wrongly dismissed these as hypotheticals when in fact such takings are already occurring throughout the country.
    • I might quibble with details of Wax's hypotheticals.
    • This provides some interesting hypotheticals.

Derivatives

hypothetically

adverb
[sentence adverb]: hypothetically, varying interpretations of the term are possible
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  • This enables me to discuss the issue openly with parents and present their choices for dealing with retained organs practically rather than hypothetically.
  • I touched on this subject briefly, and mostly hypothetically, in my Crime-Facilitating Speech paper.
  • ‘I could talk endlessly, hypothetically, about whether or not they should get together,’ warns Stevenson.

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